NSW/ACT Chapter | Parramatta | Fundamentals of Assessing, Inspecting and Commissioning Fire Safety Systems

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Rydges Parramatta | 6 CPD Points | Nigel Curwen and Amy Seppelt

About this Event -  19 March 2019

Fundamentals of Assessing, Inspecting and Commissioning Fire Safety Systems for Compliance with the National Construction Code

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This training session will review all aspects of the installed fire systems, including; onsite pumps and location, combined sprinkler and hydrant systems, water sources including fire and street hydrants and the impacts that these have on water supply to enable fire service attendance. 

A practical approach is to be deployed showing the design and mechanical aspects on inspecting and certification of these systems under relevant Australian Standards. 

This training session is well suited to building surveyors either in the private building surveyors or local governments who deal with all classification types of buildings that require active fire safety systems to be installed. No matter if you have only basic knowledge of inspecting fire safety systems to be installed or a senior building surveyor with many years of experience, this training event will be for you. 

This training session will be delivered in three parts;

  1. Fire Safety Branch, Fire and Rescue NSW requirements during the building assessment/certification stage. 
  2. Inspection of Fire Safety Systems with real case examples, including what fire authorities look for when attending fires.
  3. Design and Installation of fire safety systems in residential & commercial buildings requiring active fire safety systems.

Relevant NCC requirements and referenced Australian Standards including, but not limited to the following will be reviewed;

  • Part E of Vol. One of the NCC
  • AS 2419.1 Fire hydrant installations System design, installation and commissioning 
  • AS 2441 Installation of fire hose reels
  • AS 2444 Portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets
  • AS 2118 Part 1 Automatic fire sprinkler systems 
  • AS 2118 Part 4 Sprinkler protection for accommodation buildings not exceeding four storeys in height
  • AS 2118 Part 6 Combined sprinkler and hydrant systems in multistorey buildings
  • AS 1851 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment

A practical approach is to be deployed showing the design and mechanical aspects of inspecting and certifying these systems to enable final approval/occupation to occur.

All this and more will be covered in this not to be missed session for building surveyors and allied professionals alike who deal with assessing buildings that require active fire safety systems to be installed. 

Spaces are limited so get in quick. 

Event Timetable:

* event timetable and content subject to change 

8:30am    Registrations Open
9:00am    Seminar Begins
  • Inspection of Fire Safety Systems general with case examples 
  • Inspection of Fire Safety Systems regarding specific Australian Standards 
  • Design and Installation of fire safety systems in commercial buildings 
4:30pm     Close

About the Speakers:


Jamie Vistnes 

Jamie has a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Fire Safety Engineering. He worked for 9 years in private industry as a practicing fire safety engineer with Stephen Grubits & Associates. Following this, Jamie joined Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) to provide fire engineering support to its operations. He has been with FRNSW for over 8 years and is currently the Manager of Fire Safety Policy Unit, providing technical engineering advice and developing FRNSW policies in relation to fire safety. 

Jamie represents the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) on Standards Committee ME-062 and represents FRNSW on the AFAC Fire Engineering Network. 

Mark Porter

Mark has 34 years experience with Fire & Rescue NSW and holds the rank of Station Officer. He currently holds the position of Fire Safety Assessor in the Fire Safety Policy Unit and has been attached to the Fire Safety Branch for approximately 13 years. 

Key responsibilities at the Fire Safety Branch include:

  • Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) representative on the Australian Standard committee FP009 for AS 2419.1 Fire Hydrants.
  • AFAC representative on the Australian Standard committee FP004 for AS 2118.1 Fire Sprinklers.
  • AFAC representative on the Australian Standard committee FP008 for AS 2304-2019 Water storage tanks for fire protection systems.
  • FRNSW representative on the Sydney Water - FRNSW working group concerned with the implementation of conditions of the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the organisations. 
  • Development and delivery of training to FRNSW Officers regarding the aforementioned standards. 
  • Development of internal/external policy. 

Mark has a Post Graduate qualifications in Fire Engineering (Western Sydney University) and Building Services (Sydney University) and taught at the University of Western Sydney for 5 years. Mark worked for ARUP in their fire team for just under 12 months. 

Amy Seppelt 

Amy Seppelt is the Lead Fire Safety Engineer with the Community Safety & Resilience Department for the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Services. Amy holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Fire Safety Engineering and has been with the Metropolitan Fire Service since 2005. 

Amy's primary role is to provide high-level specialist expertise on engineering and technical Matters to ensure the provision of optimum standards of fire safety in the built environment for both the community and fire fighters in South Australia. 

Amy has had on a number of State and National committees, including the Building Advisory Committee and Building Regulations Assessment Commission in South Australia, as well as a number of committees for AFAC - The Australian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council. 

Prior to joining the MFS, Amy was a volunteer fire fighter with the Country Fire Service for 6 years in an Urban-Rural brigade, with specialist training and experience in structural fire fighting, road crash and heavy vehicle rescue, hazardous materials and confined space rescue. 


Nigel Curwen

Nigel has 20 years' experience in the Emergency Services sector. Prior to making the career shift to firefighting with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Nigel was a Sergeant with Victorian Police. 

Nigel is currently an Acting Station Officer within the Fire Safety Department, where he has assisted in setting up the Cladding Project Team, assisting Victorian regulators deal with the cladding issue and providing valuable input into informing the Brigades operational response. 

Nigel has extensive experience in complex investigations, building construction and fire fighting structure fires.



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Non Member $450
AIBS Student Member $225


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3/19/2019 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Rydges Parramatta 116 James Ruse Drive Rosehill, 2142 AUSTRALIA
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